Editorial – Making Difference as a Teacher

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Editorial – Making Difference as a Teacher

The word ‘doctor’ is derived from the Latin docere, which means ‘to teach.[1] Teachers in Oral Medicine and Radiology have a dual role in dentistry, to provide patient care and to teach. It has simply been assumed that dental students, who have graduated from dental colleges and undergone postgraduate training, can automatically start teaching the day after they graduate. Teaching is considered as one of the very important aspects of the student learning process. Romain Rolland said that “If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself.” The first principle of teaching is that nothing can be taught. It has to be fetched out and generate from within the student. Among all the professional specialties a teacher is always remains a role model for many. What are the qualities that distinguish a good teacher? There are number of researches done on developing lists and models that identify both personal traits and pedagogical skills that contribute to distinguish good teachers.[2] The outcome of most studies supports those good teachers have engaging personality, knowledge, and pedagogical skills that are demonstrated with passion and enthusiasm.

The current scenario in teaching of Oral Medicine and Radiology subject in the “classroom” as well as “the chair side” are greatly shifting from old contemporary methods to the newer learning advance technologies. Today, we are not just satisfied with “what we deliver”, we want to know “how well we deliver” it. Today, the teacher of Oral Medicine and Radiology is expected not only to be well versed in the theoretical concepts of books or appropriate clinical skills; he or she is expected to be a technological expert, who can effectively operate the modern computer assisted learning, digital imaging and e-learning. There is tremendous knowledge sharing also happening in social media groups, which gives opportunity to a larger group for discussions. Although teaching methods are changing but there is always a greater role of not “teaching methods” but of a “teacher”. We remember today our beloved teacher Late Dr. BK Venkataraman from Chennai. He was pioneer and visionary, who started Oral Medicine and Radiology in India. He was the role model as a teacher for all of us.

Ajay Parihar
Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology,
Government College of Dentistry, Indore, MP, India

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Address for correspondence: Dr. Ajay Parihar,
Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology,
Government College of Dentistry, Indore,
MP, India. E‑mail: [email protected]

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